FCC’s overreaching power grab harms innovation, investments and jobs

The Internet’s innovation and success is unmatched and since its inception, it has thrived without government interference. The Federal Communications Commission nonetheless ruled in December to impose Internet regulations, even though Congress has never authorized it to do so. There is also no crisis warranting such intervention.

The Energy and Commerce Committee has repeatedly asked the FCC to provide an economic and market analysis to demonstrate its rules are warranted and would not cause harm to the currently open and thriving Internet. The FCC’s response was lacking. Rather than show an actual problem to support its brazen power-grab, the FCC relied on speculation of future harm.


Can creators call 911?

Parasitic innovation online by rogue websites is beginning to abate after a decade of civil litigation. 

Parasitic innovation—the science of innovative free riding—not only harms the innovators whose works are being ripped off, it also harms the economy as a whole. 

Many rogue sites are among the top websites in the world, some are in the top 100 on Alexa. Rogue sites prey upon consumers who usually don’t know they are being sold counterfeit pharmaceuticals, fake consumer goods, or illegal copies of music and movies.


Smart Communities can strengthen America's economy

America is poised to power forward out of the recession and into the new, 21st Century economy. But congestion on our roads and highways is a drag on economic growth, interfering with our daily activities, slowing the flow of goods and services, polluting the environment and wasting fuel. It’s an increasingly expensive problem, costing our economy more than $115 billion every year.

To address the issue, we have introduced the SMART Technologies for Communities Act. This bipartisan legislation provides communities with the resources necessary to implement intelligent transportation systems (ITS) that will help to reduce congestion, improve safety and improve the air we breathe by reducing air pollution. 


Science ÷ politics = a loss for everyone

Scientific research, including climate science, has the potential to be a game changer for America’s global competitiveness, national security and public health and safety. But, when we pit political strategy against scientific integrity, we not only risk the legitimacy of the science and the strength of the policy, we also limit their potential to protect and enhance the public good.

As John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” 


Kyl should reconsider opposition to nuclear test ban

Much has changed since the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1999. But Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) still opposes a ban on testing. On Tuesday, Kyl went so far as to tell an audience at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, “Today there is even less reason to support the CTBT than 11 years ago when it was roundly defeated.”
However, Kyl’s backing arguments fell flat. A careful look at the test ban shows that ratification is clearly in U.S. national security interests now more than ever before.


Keep calm and carry on with nuclear energy

While many are taking measured responses to the recent events in Japan, there has been one predictable exception. 

Members of the anti-nuclear community and their supporters in Congress have taken to the media to demand that some or all of our nation’s 104 nuclear power plants be shut down and construction of new nuclear power plants be stopped.   

As I listened to some of their arguments, I had a déjà vu moment, remembering several of these same arguments from many of the same individuals immediately after the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.


AT&T: 1, Consumers: 0

The bottom line of AT&T's proposed $39 billion takeover of competitor wireless company T-Mobile is pretty simple. AT&T wins. Everyone else loses, particularly those who will lose their jobs as a result. Mergers are job killers, and this one will be no different.

AT&T, of course, won't tell you that. They will crow about “efficiencies” and helping to fulfill the Obama Administration's broadband goals and, not incidentally, about all the extra revenue per user that the new combined company will rake in over the next few years. These are the kinds of arguments that proponents of mergers usually make.

This deal is different.


Public would lose out from AT&T, T-Mobile deal

It’s March again, a time when most sports fans root for underdogs.  Of course, a few people lean towards favorites, including a small and odd fan club assembling for AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile announced on Sunday.
What’s especially puzzling are the strange reasons that some cheerleaders and some casual observers cite in favor of this mega-merger – one that would increase concentration vastly in a market that already is highly concentrated – when most people see through the illusory claimed benefits.


AT&T and T-Mobile merger means better broadband

The acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T is good news for everyone who realizes that the United States needs to catch up to the rest of the world when it comes to broadband speed and buildout.

It presents a real opportunity to expand true high speed broadband in this country that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. AT&T and T-Mobile use the same GSM technology. With the benefit of shared spectrum, that’s a big advantage for customers over other U.S. wireless companies that were looking to buy T-Mobile.


The future value of NASA depends on priorities

As the nation’s only civilian space and aeronautics research and development agency, NASA has a unique and important role in fostering innovation and keeping America competitive. Through NASA’s leadership, the U.S. has set the standard for the world in human space flight, exploration, and aeronautics. The investments we have made in NASA research and development have spawned scientific discoveries that have vastly increased our understanding of the Earth, Sun, our solar system and the universe.

Last year, Congress approved a plan to ensure a balanced portfolio of science and exploration at NASA. This plan created a roadmap that would give U.S. astronauts access to the International Space Station while developing capabilities to travel beyond low Earth orbit. Unfortunately, this administration seems to be ignoring clear Congressional intent.